Admiral Barnett is Co-Chair of Venable's Telecommunications Group and a partner in the firm's Cybersecurity Practice. He has a rare combination of experience in cybersecurity, national defense, homeland security, emergency communications, public safety communications and technology policy. This experience is invaluable to clients in the financial services, transportation, telecommunications and utilities industries as well as other critical infrastructures.
Admiral Barnett has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. A surface warfare officer, he has over 30 years of experience in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Among other personal awards, he has received four Legion of Merit medals.
In addition to his military service, Admiral Barnett served as the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission where he executed major cybersecurity initiatives. As Chief of